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justice." and i'm here because i worked as one of bob's assistance for two and a half years we are friends between 1974 and his death last fall. but i need to open with a compression. i can't say very much about the book. i'll talk instead about bob bork, the man and solicitor general. the reason i can't say much about the book is his principal focus is his first six months on the job. she plead guilty and resigned as vice president when he persuaded the supreme court to stop justice douglas' crusade and the u.s. from persecuting the vietnam war. but he fired archibald cox as the watergate special prosecutor and appointed thee into risky to replace him. and when he served as acting attorney general for three months between the ted elliott richardson designed and william saxby was appointed. not bad for one's first six months on the job. the title saving justice comes from bob's decision not to re-sign this saturday night massacre, which by the way should've been called the saturday night involuntary manslaughter. [laughter] because nixon didn't plan it, but just wandered into it. bob belie
of friends. >> his friends work of his california friends, the drowns, and i think bob and carol finch were very good friends, even the finch was sort of pushed, when finch can to work with them he was sort of pushed out, but he, he was, he was sort of a famous lonely man in many ways. particularly as president but i think the key to them, the key to his failure as president, sort of accommodation having great power comes enormous by which he never had before, and you could see him beginning to exercise after he was elected. you would see these loony memos he would send out address to mrs. nixon from the president. >> loving. >> he suggested that -- the most maligned politician in american michigan or the great comeback. where is this coming from? and you could see this site, the combination of great power and great integrity. that's a deadly combination, a really deadly combination and i think that's what finally brought them down. >> one of the things we did at the library was we started an oral history program, because the library had been run privately and the federal government had kep
there wasn't a great crisis and day comparable to the days i was using in the book. it happened that bob was substituting for walter cronkite. so i called up bob and said, we're going to show you in 1978. you want to come over and watch it? yes. and so he came over, he was prepared in his own mind to tell us how it was different. largely he was going say because of the competition with the click use have less news because they feed to the commercial. you had minute of the news but that's not what happened. that. ed but additionally what happened was that the technology was so different. it was -- it was a technology in which they spliced and put together and every ninety vekdz twelve people and a lot of little pieces. itst done in part because these are craftsman. they have the ability to do and trying to make an interesting story. but the briefs story that bob was watching us with, they had a person the reporter talking actually for thirty seconds, maybe. and they had, you know, had something to say. and of itn't a back and forth and it was understandable watching bill talking instead o
and the pumper wound up here because this was part of half the fire. this is bob. when he had deposited the three engines there, he left them and said i have to go check on things down the road. he didn't know if there was an engine down there. he drove down and had a conversation with the captain that lasted about five minutes. in which they discuss the situation that engine 57 was in. i spent an entire chapter in the book talking about the discussion. it is one of the touchiest things that happened on the fire. there has been a lot of grief about it. i spent more effort on that chapter, i think, than i did on anything else. i have talked to the people who comment about what he said. talked to the people who are here today. those who talked directly after this and have challenged his accountability. in chapter seven, it is solid. it isn't the only time that it is mentioned in the book. there is an appraisal farther on in their are some remarks about him earlier. i got an e-mail from bob after i had him read the book. got him one of the first copies. and he said it is fine with me. i accept what
friends, the drowns, and i think bob and carol finch were very good friends. even though finch was sort of pushed, when fib. came the -- finch came to work with him, he was sort of pushed out. but he was, um, he was, he was sort of a friendless, lonely man in many ways. and particularly as president. but i think the key to him, the key to his failure as a president were two things. sort of the combination of having great power, enormous power which he'd never had before, and you can see him exercise it after he's elected. some of these loony memos addressed to mrs. nixon from the president. [laughter] and it was very, and -- >> loving. >> coming from, he suggested that they should commission a book about the most maligned politician in american history or the great comebacks in history. and where's this coming from? [laughter] and so you can see, and you can see the side that he was sort of this come by nation of great power and great insecurity, and that's a deadly combination. a really deadly combination. and i think that's what finally brought him down. >> something that struck me, o
, and there are agents that are interesting, and i think they are significant. yes? can you tell us, bob, what you have brewing next? >> yes, i'd be happy to do it because i trust ul -- i'll be back here in a few years. [laughter] it's always a pleasure to come. i am writing a novel, which is a wonderful experience for me about george washington, and i get to do two things in the novel. i get to have washington, martha, the circle of people around them which had grown constantly larger, and what they do during those years, and that's the first thing. the second thing is i get to give the reader snapshots of george washington and martha washington as well reflecting upon events in the past and what they met and how they see them now after a period of time. now, it is at that point that the book becomes truly fiction and not history, and why am i doing this? well, because i'd always thought it would be fun to write a novel, but, you know, asking myself why? what makes it fun is that it enables you to do something you cannot do as a historian, and that is go beyond the evidence, go beyond existing evidenc
see bob sitting there. we all had the privilege of presenting this extraordiextraordi nary national treasury to use you so in a second please join me in welcoming dr. john carlos. we will bring kate damon appear next. [applause] [applause] [applause] >> thank you so much. this is a wonderful, a rousing day for me to come to charlottesville and to receive an ovation like this. it's extremely precious to me to be at this form this evening. >> i have to go first. [laughter] >> i'm sorry. [applause] >> good evening. no worries, no worries. my name is kate damon and some of you all might know my mother. so i first met congressman lewis in 2010 at a client's event in washington d.c. and he had just won the inaugural lbj liberty and justice for all award. and we happen to be getting our coats at the same time so i tapped him on the shoulder and i said, excuse me congress men lewis, my mother just thinks you are the greatest. ai give you a hug for her? and he said of course. and so in his recent book, "across that bridge" he writes love is the willingness to be beaten, to go to jail to be k
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